What a lot of things are going on today, many of them wedding-related. As GAM (Great Aunt Molly) would say, “Goodness Gracious Sake’s Alive!”
We begin with the continued speculation about an engagement for Britain’s Prince William and longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton.
It all started when author Tina Brown wrote a blog post speculating on the possibility, primarily because two dates in the Royal calendar were “mysteriously blocked out”. The Prince and Ms. Middleton have been seeing each for more than 8 years in a mostly-on-but-sometimes-off-relationship. Below we see the couple on January 15th at the Prince’s helicopter training graduation ceremony.
No doubt you have also heard discussion of the topic as most media jumped into the story with both feet. Now there is word via a “well-placed source” that announcement of a betrothal is “wide of the mark” according to this People magazine story.
Here at the Prepatorium we generally look to the Queen Bee for updates on the topic, she seems to have an inside edge.
Next, news that Ann Taylor will add wedding gowns to their merchandise mix. Below we see a dress from the collection.
The story in today’s Journal is from one of our favorite writers, Elizabeth Holmes, and it looks at the growing number of retailers now offering wedding dresses. Ms. Holmes also has a blog post that sheds light on her insight into the topic of wedding gowns:
“Figuring out how much to spend on my upcoming wedding is something I’ll be puzzling through for the next few months.”
Below we have an image of a gown on Ann Taylor’s site, we think it might be the one shown up above in the photo accompanying the Journal’s story.
Selling at $495, here is a portion of the retailer’s description:
“An arresting strapless gown in tiered silk chiffon. Shelf bra with boning at chest. Hidden side zip with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. Please note, due to the delicate nature of the fabric, some mild fraying may occur when the gown is dry cleaned.”
The Journal story explains something many readers already know:
“Executives at these companies say women have been buying wedding dresses at their stores for years, even though their dresses haven’t been marketed as such.”
Anthropologie announced in March they are getting into the wedding gown business.
Wedding gowns will run from $750 to $5000.
J. Crew was an early entrant into the wedding and special occasion venue, the company has done extremely well in this area; the Crew wedding boutique opens May 27th on Madison Avenue.
Ms. Holmes closes her blog post with a question:
“… brides-to-be, would you consider wearing a wedding dress from a mall store on your big day? And for those who have made the trip down the aisle, are you happy with the amount you spent on your big day?”
One contemporary wedding phenomenon we’re not in step with? The “bridal sneaker”.
Back to dresses, we wonder if gowns with sleeves will ever return….?
“Did she think Ms. Trump might start a trend with her sleeves? “She might very,” Ms. Wang said. “Nothing would make me happier. I’ve been doing strapless dresses for 15 years. It’s tiring.”
In News You May Have Missed, we have one more fashion tidbit: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is evidently a fashion leader as well.
From the country’s propaganda/press office:
“The reason is that the august image of the Great General, who is always wearing the modest suit while working, leaves a deep impression on people’s mind in the world,” it said.
“To sum it up, that is because his image as a great man is so outstanding.”
Not only can you read the original story in Canada’s Nation Post, they also have a follow-up story detailing ways men everywhere can get the look, including the dictator’s special shoes for those needing a bit of a boost.
There you have it.
We close with today’s Pretty in Pink, the Fendi laptop sleeve.